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TOP TYCOON: JP McManus has donated the money. Photo: Frank McGrath

TOP TYCOON: JP McManus has donated the money. Photo: Frank McGrath

TOP TYCOON: JP McManus has donated the money. Photo: Frank McGrath

THE Pro Am golf tournament may not be going ahead, but businessman JP McManus has donated €40m to the charities who will miss out on the funding opportunity.

The JP McManus Pro Am was one of the biggest charity golfing events in Ireland and attracted golfing stars like Tiger Woods and actor Samuel L Jackson

The announcement that the event was going to be cancelled in January of this year was a big blow to local charities who received over €100m from the event.

But in its place, a new fund has been set up and it's hoped that these charities will benefit.

Valued at €40m, the new fund will be managed as a sole entity, independent of any existing programmes sponsored by Mr McManus.

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Sue Ann Foley, daughter of the business tycoon, will chair the fund, which aims to support local community initiatives and non-profit organisations throughout the mid-west of Ireland.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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